The Center for Cultural Affairs will host the 22nd Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI) conference in Bloomington, Indiana from 27-30 June 2023. The theme of the conference is Cultural Economics Coming Together: Bridging Distances, Crossing Boundaries.
Please check out the ACEI 2023 conference website for more details.
Biennial Research Conference
The Biennial Research Conference gathers researchers from around the globe doing work in cultural affairs. The conference focuses on a different theme, or themes each session. Interested researchers submit abstracts for papers to be presented at the research conference. Select papers are reviewed and invited for presentation at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Democratizing Arts and Cultural Organizations
June 27, 2023
This conference will explore cases where and the extent to which arts and cultural organizations are incorporating structures and practices intended to sustain or to create a workplace that is less hierarchical and unequal, and more participatory and consensus-based.
The following authors will present and discuss their work at this one-day conference (the full program is forthcoming).
Shanita Bigelow &
Building and valuing navigational capital: alumni perspectives on fueling work and workplace change
Equity-focused Compensation & Radical Human Resources: Steps on the Path Toward Democratizing Arts and Cultural Organizations
Su Fern Hoe
The Quest to Build Solidarity Amidst Precarity: Lessons from the Hyperactive Arts Sector in Singapore
Differentiating 501(c)(3) Public Benefiting Art Museums from 501(c)(7) Social Clubs
SunHan Kim, Hyunju Lee & WoongJo Chang
A Study of Local Creators as a Model of Co-Prosperity in Sustainable Regional Development: Focusing on the Haenyeo Kitchen in Jeju Island
Mismatching, Troublemaking, Sanctuaries: Studying Placemaking Alterity in/and Culturally Affirming Spaces
Artist-Driven Models at Warhol Regranting Sites
Kathleen Hill, Dennie Palmer Wolf & Steven J. Holochwost
Building Equitable Pathways towards the Democratization of the Arts and Culture Sector: A Longitudinal Analysis of the Effects of the Bloomberg Arts Internship on Rising High School Seniors
Contrasting rationalities: diversity-oriented cultural policies in Argentina
Carole Rosenstein, George Mason University (Chair)
Antonio Cuyler, University of Michigan
Andrew Zitcer, Drexel University
All participation in the conference will be in-person. There is no virtual or remote participation option.
The 2023 CCA Biennial Research Conference is taking place parallel to the opening day of the ACEI International Conference on Cultural Economics, also being held in Bloomington. See www.go.iu.edu/ACEI2023 for more information.
Both conferences are coordinated by the Center for Cultural Affairs, but otherwise they are completely autonomous from one another.
There is no registration fee for the CCA Biennial. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Presenters can reserve hotel rooms in the hotels arranged on the ACEI Travel Recommendations page.
Cultural Policy Beyond the Here and Now: What do we owe to Future Generations?
June 7, 2021
This virtual event gathered researchers from around the globe doing work in cultural affairs. This year’s conference titled Cultural Policy Beyond the Here and Now: What do we owe to Future Generations? addressed cultural policy, specifically on the theme of policies that promote the preservation of culture and the arts for future generations. While the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has established protocols for the preservation of Intangible Cultural Heritage, how choices are made in terms of what most calls for preservation, the means by which this is achieved, and the decision-making processes, all warrant further study, in addition to how these principles are, explicitly or implicitly, adopted in national cultural policy.
Program and Policy Evaluation in Cultural Affairs
Decision-makers in the private and public sectors pursue desired outcomes for the creative industries, and the cultural sector in general, through various programs and policies. This puts great importance on empirical analyses of the success, or lack of success, in achieving those desired outcomes. Rigorous evaluation of programs and policies is essential in learning what interventions are more effective than others in achieving goals, the relative cost of programs relative to their outcomes, what are the unintended consequences of programs and policies, and ultimately in improving the efficacy of cultural policy.
This call for papers sought original applications of program and policy evaluation in the creative industries and arts policy.
Authors of selected proposals were invited to share their research at the May 2019 symposium that was held at the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. This research was published in a special edition of Cultural Trends.
AEI Lab Workshops & Symposia
The Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation Lab hosts workshops and symposia gathering scholars and thinkers on key topics in arts and cultural affairs.
Summer 2022 Workshop & Symposium
New. Not Normal. was a virtual symposium held in June 2020 about entrepreneurship, innovation, and reimagining the creative sector post-COVID-19. This event explored new ideas about both the challenges and opportunities for arts workers and the creative sector, how the creative landscape has already changed and will continue to change in the future. The event focused on learning from related fields, and the application of new ideas through creative sector work.
Leveraging Creativity was a virtual research workshop exploring new studies of arts, entrepreneurship, and the creative sector. The event consisted of two series of concurrent panels. The research from this workshop was featured in special issues in Small Business Economics Journal, Journal of Cultural Economics, and Artivate.